Simone Biles, arguably the greatest gymnast of all time, would not put her daughter into the sports unless something changes.
"I don't feel comfortable enough because they haven't taken accountability for their actions and what they've done," Biles told 60 Minutes reporter Sharyn Alfonsi in a segment that aired on Sunday. "And they haven't ensured us that it's never going to happen again."
Biles, 23, is one of the Team USA gymnasts who publicly disclosed she had been abused by Dr. Larry Nassar, the longtime USA Gymnastics physician. He was sentenced in 2018 to as many as 175 years in prison.
Biles continues push for accountability
The four-time Olympic gold medalist who hasn't lost in the all-around event since 2013 has continued to push for reform and accountability in the years since.
"Oh, it's far from over," she told 60 Minutes (h/t Just Women's Sports). "There's still a lot of questions that still need to be answered."
"Just who knew what, when? You guys have failed so many athletes. And most of us underage. You guys don't think that's a bigger problem? Like, if that were me and I knew something I'd want it resolved immediately."
She said she believes the organization failed her "100 percent" and didn't do its part in protecting its athletes even as they brought home medals. The international superstar wants an independent investigation so that ongoing abuse doesn't happen again.
Gymnasts broke into cafeteria out of hunger at Karolyi Ranch
Biles spoke candidly about USA Gymnastics and her experience at the Karolyi Ranch, where national team gymnasts went once a month for training. She shared publicly for the first time that the gymnasts would break into the cafeteria to sneak food because they were so hungry.
"There would be nights where we're, like, running with our hoodie up, and we would break into the cafeteria to eat," she said.
Now as an adult that experience tells her "it's not the right training," she said.
Right training for final medals
Biles was crushed when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed this summer as it was her final go at the event. She is a rare 20-something in the world of competitive gymnastics; most medalists are teenagers.
But she pushed herself to keep going and train for another year to compete in Tokyo beginning next month.
"Now I'm having a lot of fun," she told 60 Minutes. "I want to see how much I'm capable of."
"Simone Biles" and "historic weekend" are becoming commonplace together. Earlier this month she won her seventh all-around U.S. Gymnastics Championships title in Texas. She now has the most wins in the event by any woman in U.S. history. She is tied for most of any man or woman.
The Olympic trials are later this month. She has four moves named after her with potentially two more coming in Tokyo.
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